Summer Games rookie takes home two medals in Airdrie
Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 06:00 am
Local track and field competitor Catherine Bouchard will remember her first trip to the Alberta Summer Games for years to come.
The 14 year old from Airdrie came away with a gold medal in the U15 (Under 15) female shot put event on July 26 at Ed Eggerer Athletic Park, which went along with a bronze medal she won in the hammer throw event on July 25.
“To get two medals was awesome, but the whole experience was great and my time at the Games was a lot of fun,” Bouchard said.
“The events were really well organized, and the athletes all knew what was happening at all times, which was great.”
“Plus, having the event in Airdrie was nice as it was close to home,” she added.
In the shot put event, Bouchard took the lead off of her first throw with a toss of 11.02 metres, which put her well ahead of silver-medal winner Hanna Svensson of Calgary’s throw of 9.81 metres.
“I had just had a throw of 10.77 metres at the Western Championships in Saskatoon earlier in July, so I was hoping to have a throw of over 11 metres at this event,” Bouchard said.
“But to have that happen on my very first throw was pretty exciting.”
“I was pretty nervous when I went up there because everyone’s throws were really good,” she added. “But everything just worked out well I guess.”
A day earlier (July 25), Bouchard’s throw of 29.91 metres in the hammer throw was good enough for her to capture the bronze medal, as she worked through inclement weather conditions.
“After having five of my six throws not count because of fouls, to be able to get the bronze was really great,” Bouchard said.
“It was extremely slippery with the wet conditions, and even when you tried to dry things off, it was still really wet,” she added.
“I think everyone was having problems in the throwing events on that day.”
With the Summer Games marking Bouchard’s final event of the 2014 outdoor season, the Airdrie athlete is hoping to use her medal-winning experience to become a stronger competitor in the future.
“I just need to keep training hard and see where things go from here,” Bouchard said.
“Every year presents different challenges at provincial or club competitions and I need to be ready for that.”